Thanks again to the 432 Nelson Nordic Ski Club (NNSC) members who responded to our member survey in April. That’s approximately half of our membership! So we (the board and management of the club) feel we have a pretty good idea of where the membership wants us to head.
We thought we would take this opportunity to let you know the major findings of the survey and what we are planning to do about them.
We asked how long respondents have been members. They were pretty evenly split between 1-2 years, 3-5 years, 6-10 years, 11-15 years and 15+. Slightly more have been with us for either 1 -2 years, or 15 years+.
53% of respondents ski classic only, 19% skate ski only and 28% ski both.
Most respondents ski between 2 and 5 times per week.
The most popular trail is Busk/Euphrates, with twice the respondents as for Clearwater or Apex.
Most respondents (89%) hold either regular adult memberships or senior memberships.
Most respondents felt that the grooming in 2019-2020 was ‘consistently excellent, very good, or good’, both in terms of quality and quantity.
We were all disappointed with the number of grooming machine breakdowns last year! The board continues to work tirelessly to write grants to purchase a new grooming machine – donations are always welcome! Timely repairs will continue to be prioritized; we thank our staff for their hard work last year and continue to improve our planning for next season.
With regard to the quality and frequency of plowing in the parking lots and Busk Road, the overwhelming majority were very satisfied, satisfied, or somewhat satisfied.
Many people mentioned the pothole at the entrance to Busk Road, and the ruts in the road. The board is planning to work on filling the pothole and remediating the road surface prior to next season. We continue to work hard to keep the road and parking lots in good condition.
Many people offered to volunteer for the club over the next season. Thank you!
Although most (92%) respondents did not try out the snowshoe trails last year, there was lots of enthusiasm expressed by those who did, and many said they would like to try them out next year. We plan to offer snowshoe rentals from the Busk kiosk next season.
If the club had the opportunity to expand the ski trail network, the majority of respondents said they would like a moderate ski trail in the Busk/Euphrates area.
Many people missed the Cottonwood and Field Loops this year. We respect the landowners’ decision and thank them for their many years of service to the club. We also considered resurrecting the Beaumont trail. However, that trail is in very poor condition and would need considerable summer work with heavy machinery before it could be groomed. Spending significant resources on this very steep trail does not fit with the survey results that the majority of the members prefer easier trails. There may be the possibility of adding other sections of the rail trail. We will do our best!
Most (74%) respondents receive trail condition and grooming information from the website and 31% from Live GPS grooming. The Facebook Page was next at 32%. Only about 18% of respondents use the snowphone.
Many of you requested that trail conditions be posted earlier in the day. We are considering how to do that more reliably next year.
Most of you found the new trail signage helpful. However, a number of suggestions were made to improve signage that the club is looking into.
In terms of club programs, respondents prioritized lessons/clinics and kids/youth programs the highest. And in terms of events, members prioritized the Full Moon Ski, Tour de Soup and Valentine’s the highest.
We are considering, based on your feedback, which programs and events to offer in the coming year.
We asked you to rate the general priorities of the club. Here is your response, in order of priority:
Trail brushing and maintenance
Communication regarding trail conditions
Parking lot plowing
With regard to the question about NNSC providing good value for your money, the vast majority of respondents strongly agreed or agreed with this statement.
Also, the vast majority of respondents said they are ‘very likely or likely’ to purchase a membership again next year. NNSC thanks you for your support!
Most of you said your number one reason for being a member of NNSC is that it is close to Nelson, and, of course, most of our members live in the area. You also mentioned the beautiful scenery and friendly atmosphere as your second and third reasons.
The respondents indicated there is room to improve in terms of grooming and expanding the trail system. The board continues to work hard to limit machine breakdowns and seek out possibilities for additional trails.
Thank you again for your wonderful support over the past season, and always. We are happy to hear from you at any time, and again, thank you for taking the time to respond to our survey. We will endeavour to address as many of our concerns and suggestions as we can. And we look forward to welcoming you back for the start of the 2020-21 ski season at Nelson Nordic.
More than 350 members have already taken a moment to share their input about the recent Nordic season. If you have already completed the survey, you’ve been entered in a draw for a free membership for the 2020-2021 ski season! Thank you!
If you haven’t yet done so, please don’t miss your opportunity to share your thoughts with us. Average completion time for the survey is about 8 minutes. The survey will close on Sunday, April 26, 2020.
As the Board and management begin to plan for next season, we would love to get your input on a number of aspects of the work that we do.
As a token of our gratitude for your participation, all current Club members who complete the survey by the deadline will be entered in a draw for two (2) complimentary Adult (or Senior) Memberships for the 2020-2021 ski season!
Thanks for your participation! We look forward to seeing you again next season!
Nelson Nordic Ski Club would like to thank all our members, staff and volunteers for an excellent 2019-2020 nordic ski season.
Due to ongoing concerns related to Covid-19 and social distancing, we have decided to close the trails at the end of business today. We will not be grooming the trails any further this season.
We’d like to extend a huge and special thank you to all the volunteers who have donated an enormous amount of time and energy to support Club operations, youth programs, special events organization, fundraising and grant writing, mechanical support, parking lot marshalling, food preparation and much more! This club would not exist but for the incredible contributions of its dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers, year after year! THANK YOU!
We are sad to be closing in the midst of a pandemic, when we can’t congregate to say thank you in person, but we hope that we can offer each and every one of you a big virtual hug for your services and commitment to the organization. You’re in our thoughts. Please stay healthy and safe over the coming weeks and months and we look forward to enjoying real connection with you sometime again before too long.
The Club would also like to take a moment to thank its sponsors for their ongoing support and generosity. These local businesses offer tremendous support to our Club. Please consider supporting them, especially during this difficult time:
As noted in our communication of March 25, 2020, Nelson Nordic Ski Club has been granted permission to continue grooming trails, including those that are situated on Crown land. We have closed our buildings, including outhouses, and are no longer taking payments but our intention is to continue grooming the trails at least through this coming weekend (April 5) and longer if weather conditions will allow it.
However, continuation of grooming is also contingent on our members and other trail users complying with social distancing measures as recommended by the health authority to keep themselves and our communities safe. It is imperative that trail users maintain a minimum 2 metres distance from each other at all times. Please do not congregate at trailheads or elsewhere on the trail system. Similarly, please consider distancing recommendations when parking your vehicle in the parking lots.
Finally, and most importantly, if you should be self-isolating, you should not be using the trails. Please stay at home. From the BC Centre for Disease Control:
People without symptoms are required to self-isolate for 14 days and monitor for symptoms if they:
Have arrived in B.C. from outside Canada.
Are contacts of a confirmed case, meaning they have been or could have been exposed to the virus but do not have symptoms.
Self-isolation means staying home and avoiding situations where you could come in contact with others. You may have been exposed to the virus and are at risk for developing COVID-19 and passing it on to others.
Thank you for your cooperation. As long as members and other trail users continue enjoying the trails in a socially responsible manner, the Club will do its best to keep the trails groomed and accessible. We must all use an abundance of caution to prevent the transmission of the Covid-19 virus, support our front line health care workers and help bring this pandemic to an end.
The Board and management will continue to monitor the situation at both a provincial and local level and will provide updates as necessary.
Many of you may have heard that Rec Sites and Trails BC is closing ski trail facilities on Crown land, which applies to part of our trail system. However, since we have already closed our buildings and are not taking payments, we would like to reassure our members and the public that we have received permission to continue grooming for now. Hopefully the weather cooperates, and we can maintain grooming through the first weekend in April.
We continue to monitor the pandemic situation at both a provincial and local level. Our staff are practicing disinfection and distancing measures as recommended by health authorities to keep themselves and our community safe. While caution is ramping up in our local stores and establishments, we’ll continue to keep the trails groomed and ready for your enjoyment for as long as possible while supporting all efforts to prevent transmission of the virus.